So in 1 week I have already found the most amazing place in a valley called Jupapina on the outskirts of La Paz where they have a charity that uses horses for therapy for children with disabilities.
In Bolivia there is still so much stigma around disabilities in adults and children and often parents have to give up a lot more than just jobs to care for these boys and girls.
On Sunday we went to Jupapina and met a wonderful lady called Emma who moved to Bolivia 18 years ago and set up a charity called ‘up close bolivia’ which has started or been involved in a lot of charitable foundations over that time.
The horse therapy charity involvement came about by luck when their neighbour Umberto bought a load of horses with the dream to use them to help disabled children and their parents have a fun and interactive time free from discrimination with the end goal being 10 weeks of Physio and horse therapy and respite for the patents. As well as allowing them to meet people in similar situations as an external support network which they can continue once the term of horse therapy is completed.
And to top it off as well as getting to work with these lovely people at the weekend. Umberto has been kind enough to let me ride the ponies in the week. So I’m teaming up with ‘up close bolivias’ wonderful horse volunteer coordinator Mary to try to bring on and improve some of the ground and ridden understanding of these lovely ponies to help them be relaxed, calm and happy for the riding therapy sessions at the weekends. So I am currently trying to bring on and learn with a lovely 5yo grey called Diana who I’m sure I’ll be talking about soon enough as she’s so smart and learns so quickly she is lovely to spend time with.